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Margrove Ponds

Type:Nature Reserve

Margrove Rd, Margrove Park, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Tees Valley, TS12 3BS
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Margrove Pond is a big pond; a large and striking feature at the centre of the beautiful Margrove Valley.

This site includes a variety of habitats; the main expanse of open water is surrounded by fenland with dense beds of common reed and reedmace. All this is reflected in an impressive total of over 150 bird species that have been recorded here, including a number of scarce and rare birds. Two smaller ponds tucked away at the back of the site are home to frogs, toads and newts.

The main pond attracts waterfowl including greylag and Canada goose, mallard, teal, tufted duck and coot. Common snipe feed in the damp grassland to the left of the track while reedswamp and surrounding bushes are good for reed bunting and reed warblers. Water rails occasionally call from the reedy cover and the odd grey heron is feeds along the water margins.

The hillsides visible from the pond are great for raptors which can occasionally be seen during suitable weather conditions (sunny, with a stiff breeze, giving both thermals and up-draughts). Common buzzard, sparrowhawk, peregrine and kestrel are all regularly seen and there is always a chance of goshawk and merlin. Other migrant raptors in spring can include marsh harrier, osprey and hobby.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the A174 take the turning to Margrove Park and Boosbeck - the turning is opposite the village of Charltons. There is a car park at Margrove Heritage Centre on your right. Walk from here, follow the road through the village of Margrove Park, 100m on the other side of the village turn down a track on your left (in a dip on the road), after 300m you will reach the reserve.

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